Well today I used my last OT session. It was bittersweet. The good news is I still have time to find a provider in network with my dad's insurance, my OT keeps in touch with me through e-mail, and I got everything I needed. I am very thankful for my OT and I appreciate everything she did to make the most of our 3 brief sessions. I got my NMES unit today. Medicaid has been slow so I did not get my resting hand splint but she did got the orthotics guy my contact information. I don't know it medicaid is going to pay for my e-stim unit and I am not clear on how much my deductible will be so it sucks I cant jump for joy over finally having my very own e-stim unit. I am just believing that insurance will pay and I won't have to send it back. I am excited to begin using it. It feels so good to feel my fingers stretch out. I feel like I wasted so many years of my life in my home town not getting any better then I moved here and got exactly what I needed in a few months. I am just working on my extensors right now. My flexors work pretty good at making a fist. I feel the pressure of "If it is to be then its up to me" since I don't have anyone to work with me. I have no family to help no friends around and no OT anymore so it is completely dependent on me how much I improve. Some goals I have are to:
begin doing 2 1 hour sessions of e-stim a day
finish reading Stronger After Stroke
Practice squeezing my first then letting the e-stim open it back up
Begin sleeping with my hand in the resting splint whenever I get it and wear the wrist support throughout the day.
I cant believe it took this long for me to discover this journey was not over. I am just glad I worked hard to make this happen and finally got the OT I deserved years ago (someone who cared about helping me progress and not just getting a paycheck).